Giants' Hakeem Nicks making progress

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was running routes at practice way back east in Albany on Tuesday, the latest step along the road to his recovery from the foot injury that's kept him out of action since the spring. Nicks told reporters at Giants training camp that he was still on track to be ready in time for the Sept. 5 opener against the Dallas Cowboys (which is 29 days from today, but who's counting).

"Definitely still on target, no setbacks," Nicks said, according to quotes e-mailed to me by the team's media relations department. "Everything is going well. I've been running every day. No setbacks. Feeling good. Getting back."

Nicks said he had no idea whether he'd be able to participate in a practice while the team was still in Albany or whether he'd play in any preseason games. The Giants open their preseason schedule Friday in Jacksonville, and he obviously won't play in that game.

"My main concern is making sure that when I do step on the field that I'm healthy, and I'm 100 percent," Nicks said. "That's our whole focus right now -- need to make sure we're taking the right steps to make it that way."

So that's for everyone who's been asking for Nicks updates. Seems as though he's still on the original timetable that had him getting back around mid-August. And since he knows the quarterback and the offense as well as anyone on the roster, I don't see why there'd be any reason to rush him back any sooner than that.